Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSIs) are the most common injuries for youth workers. They are often referred to as RSIs (Repetitive Strain Injuries), Repetitive Stress Disorders, and Cumulative Trauma Disorders.

These injuries can be extremely painful, and although workers may not display symptoms of them right way, they can cause a lot of trouble in later life. MSIs can also result from typical home activities: working from home, lifting, cleaning, gaming, etc.

  1. MSIs are caused by tasks such as pushing, pulling, lifting, turning, sweeping or mopping, and mousing.
  2. MSIs can have a very negative effect on lives and livelihoods. You may experience a decrease in quality of work and productivity.
  3. You may lose accuracy in manual tasks – at work and at home.
  4. You may experience severe short-term and long-term pain.
  5. There are two types of MSIs: Overexertion AND Overuse.
  6. Overexertion injuries are caused by single traumatic movements like lifting, pushing, pulling.
  7. Overuse injuries or Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) are caused by repeated movements like gripping, reaching, bending and twisting.
  8. Symptoms of MSIs include: sharp pain, dull aches, tingling, numbness, burning, swelling, redness, tenderness, pain during movement.
  9. MSIs can prevent you from doing the activities that you love: sports, gaming, exercising, playing… they can be life-altering. They can also negatively affect your mental health.
  10. MSIs can be prevented:
    • Start preventative safety measures as a young worker.
    • Use equipment to help you move things. Use proper lifting techniques. Correct your posture or body movements.
    • Reduce the frequency of the task. Take frequent breaks and stretch. Ask for help.
    • Adjust your workspace accordingly. Visit your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you experience any symptoms – early treatment is key.
Download our MSI Facts infographic below, and share it with your young workers. Get more information about how to prevent RSIs here.